On the occasion of addressing the IIT-KGP 67th foundation day, MHRD higher education secretary KK Sharma said that language must not become a barrier for the students at IITs and he urged the IIT-KGP to take the help of the humanities field to overcome the language barrier in the institute.
Humanities can also help the students in maintaining the mental well-being as they tackle the academic pressure.
"You must make good use of humanities education, to the extent courses/institute allows. Language becomes a bit of a challenge for some students who have different mother tongues (and are not well versed in English)," Sharma said.
"I am requesting the students to make sure none of the (younger) students should think that language can be a handicap. I am happy to know that you have a language lab here and this lab should be available for students throughout the year so that language should not really be a hurdle. I think humanities education should be expanded further and students must make the most of it. I am requesting the director that you should help with the language for all students, at any point of time," he said.
Sharma stressed on the importance of having a balanced academic life and said that there are students who feel enormous stress in being away from family and friends and hence, I would like to request the department of happiness and other departments to chip in for their every possible help.